Why I Write These:
These are written in honor of my grandfather, Leon Milton Buttermore, who has a memory that I am envious of, and I hope that by doing this I am able to be the kind of man who starts to treasure the things given him.
Godly thought of the day:
1 Corinthians 1:26-28 says: “Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things– and the things that are not –to nullify the htings that are.”
This hits a bit close to home. I often see reports claiming things like ‘IQs among Christians lower than population’ and I normally dismiss them. I think, “Oh, that’s faulty research.” They’re biased.” “They falsely associate IQ with being smart.” I still think those things. But who is it that gets called? Not many of us are wise, not many are noble, not many are strong. Rather, we’re lowly and despised. Those are the ones that are called to the Gospel.
That’s just humbling. Now, Paul is going to go on and say that being in Christ Jesus leads to wisdom, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a wisdom that will make you able to take on elite atheists in a debate. What if we are a little dumber? What if we were wretched and despised? What if we were lowly in social status? What of it? What does that mean to one who possesses Christ? Ultimately, his wisdom, his status, and his glory are so sufficient and abundant that they are lavished upon all who are in him. His status matters. Not ours.
I need to get over this. I like to act that I am wise. I like to act put together. I like to try and be the “cool” Christian who can operate in society but also be faithful to Biblical texts. But that’s just not a thing. At some point I will preach, as Paul says here, a crucified man and when I do that all my “cool” will go right out the window. You can’t be cool and preach a crucified savior. It just doesn’t exist. But you can be faithful and save those Christ would call unto himself. That’s far better than being cool and wise and esteemed.
Favorite meeting of the day:
No meetings today.
Hardest part of my day:
Just went to a power camp today for Dreadnought. It was really rough. I played really poorly. Part of that is probably feeling sick. I was spitting up mucus over the fields. Part of it is probably low sleep from the drive-in yesterday. Part of it was the sauna that was Arkansas today. But part of it was I just wasn’t playing well. That’s really rough. I hate playing poorly.
Favorite moment of the day:
Probably getting to see Jim Gaffigan tonight. He was hilarious. Went with Kim Hagar and it is nice to see a comedian who is largely a family friendly act and can make you laugh without feeling the need to be crass and crude.
What was the weather like today?:
One of my teammates said “Welcome to Arkansauna” today. I was dripping sweat. But, the evening was a gorgeous, beautiful evening that was great to be in!
Most unfaithful moment of my day:
I had an old JBU acquaintance see Kim and I at Jim Gaffigan and she came up and talked to us. If I am honest, I found her a bit annoying in college and immediately resumed that posture as we talked without even wanting to listen to her or see where she has grown. And really, do I trust what I saw in people in college so much that I would want to validate my opinions of people back then? I dare say that’s a recipe for disaster because I was an awfully selfish person in college and people put up with me. So I need to beware old prejudices effecting my actions.
What am I currently reading?:
Daily Bible Reading – Nehemiah 11-13
Church History by Eusebius – No reading for this today.
On the Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther – No reading for this today.
Holiness by J.C. Ryle – He quotes Hebrews 12:14 which says, “without holiness no one will see the Lord” as a compelling prompt that we all need to see holiness present in our life. He is careful to not say that we need perfect holiness or even that our holiness is always growing. Sometimes it is imperfect and sometimes we regress in it. Yet we must finally be truly allied with God against our sin and striving to love the things God loves and hate the things God hates. The man who most agrees with God, this is the man who is truly holy. Of course, only Jesus Christ really accomplishes this, but we have the spirit of Christ and we ought to strive for it while not being laden down by this goal to the point that we are discouraged if we are not able to achieve it, for we shall not achieve it.
Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper – No reading for this tonight.
Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis – His discussion of how two rational species meeting for the first time making two lovers meeting for the first time look like a trite, inconsequential thing was compelling. Also, the picture of our mountains looking like they lie on their side was an intriguing one. I would like to see the Malacandra and its geography reaching for the heavens.
What was for dinner?:
Half a sandwich and half a salad. Had a bit of ice cream after Jim Gaffigan, but it was too much and I didn’t finish the cone. I felt bad, but I just can’t eat that much ice cream!
Song of the day:
Revelation Song by Kari Jobe – Had a random spam Twitter account reply to my business account that was sexually lustful and was tempting. I was driving when it popped up and this song came on the way home as I was wrestling with the unexpected temptation. It says “worthy is the lamb who was slain.” I had to ask myself, is he really worthy? If he is, will I indulge when I get home and “investigate” this account? Or will I delete the reply and never look at it? Finally, Psalm 1 came to mind and the man who is blessed is the one who delights in the law of the Lord. The law that says in Ephesians 5 that there must not be “even a hint of sexual immorality” amongst God’s people. I had to ask myself, am I this man who delights in that law? Thankfully, I was able to answer that question positively tonight so glad for this song and some lyrics that helped me reflect and wrest my poor heart away from sin.
Quote of the day:
“’95 degrees? Oh, that’s nothing!’ ‘What do you mean that’s nothing? This is getting dangerously close to what we boil water at, that sounds a lot like something!'” — Jim Gaffigan
He was hilarious. He was talking about Louisiana and summer and this was how he started and he kept me laughing most the time!
Prayer of the day:
Lord, let me delight in your law. You are worthy. Never let me forget it.